1 Dec 2016

Eels adamant Radradra is staying put

7:20 am on 1 December 2016

The Parramatta Eels chief executive Bernie Gurr is insisting Semi Radradra will remain playing in the National Rugby League.

Hours after surrendering his passport in a Sydney court on Wednesday, Radradra was on his way to a training camp on the NSW central coast.

Semi Radradra's future at Parramatta remains up in the air.

Semi Radradra's future at Parramatta remains up in the air. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Radradra faced arrest after his failure to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Monday to answer three charges of domestic violence brought by his former partner.

Radradra, who denies the allegations, had flown to Fiji to visit his sick father, angering the magistrate sufficiently to threaten him with an arrest warrant, which has now been dropped.

The 24-year-old arrived back in Australia on Tuesday night to a storm and confusion about his future, after French rugby powerhouse Toulon claimed to have secured his signature for the 2017-18 Top 14 season.

Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal on Monday insisted Radradra's move was sealed after he signed a one-year contract with an optional second season.

Toulon rugby owner Mourad Boudjellal.

Toulon rugby owner Mourad Boudjellal. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Gurr says Radradra's manager George Christodoulou had "definitively" denied the deal was done or even verbally committed to, saying Toulon had "jumped the gun" in declaring the signature.

He found it "justifiable" that Christodoulou would enquire about back-up alternatives in the scenario his client was expelled from the NRL by the game's integrity unit.

But the Eels say they intend to hold their prized winger to his contract, which doesn't expire until the end of the 2017 season.


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